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wppOut of the Frying Pan, into the Wetlands

By Sandy Ong – Hakai Magazine – August 14, 2017
A crowd gathers at the edge of the brackish water in Malaysia’s Setiu Wetlands. It’s an odd mix of people—fishermen, politicians, scientists—and all of them are staring at their feet, where nearly 100 10-legged, dinner-plate-sized, alien-like creatures are crawling about. It’s early on a Sunday morning in July, and they’re here to witness the swarm of horseshoe crabs being released into the wetland on Malaysia’s eastern coast. For these ancient yet imperiled living fossils—they predate dinosaurs by 200 million years, and have changed little since—this was the last stop on a four-day, 250-kilometer journey meant to save them from becoming someone’s dinner. Now, they’re free to swim in Southeast Asia’s first horseshoe crab conservation area. For full article, click here.

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bos2Lakes Are Being A-Salted

By Asher Elbein – Hakai Magazine – August 9, 2017
During winter storms, snowplows rumble along the roads ringing New Hampshire’s Mirror Lake. A spray of salt whirls out from behind each truck—sodium chloride settles on the frozen asphalt and helps break up the ice. Road salt is great for combatting winter’s hazards, but it’s a tool with potentially devastating consequences. All that salt has to go somewhere, and the melting ice often carries it into the clear, placid waters of Mirror Lake. In a new study, researchers show that across the United States and Canada, thousands of lakes—including the 0.5-square-kilometer Mirror Lake—are at risk of becoming dangerously saline. For full article, click here.

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wppA New Insurance Market to Protect People, Places, and Economies

By Kathy Baughman McLeod – 100 Resilient Cities – August 7, 2017
When you hear the word ‘nature,’ what do you think about? A pristine beach? Maybe your favorite wild animal? Nature means different things to different people. But do you think of nature as a powerful source of protection from storms, rising sea levels and other negative impacts of climate change? If you don’t, then you should. Climate change is no longer a distant threat. We are living with the reality of it, right here and right now. The impacts of climate disruption from Florida to Fiji, and everywhere in between are clear, costly, and widespread as storms, floods and droughts become more severe and less predictable. Storms are costing us $300 billion a year, and 68,000 people are being displaced every single day. For full story, click here.

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bos2Algae, Dead Zones, Climate Change and the Soil Health Movement

By Chris Clayton – DTN/The Progressive Farmer – Augut 2, 2017
A pair of separate studies and multiple corresponding articles over the past week highlight the importance of both precision agriculture and the soil-health movement without actually mentioning those efforts. Multiple reports have cropped up pointing to on the long-term impacts of fertilizer in waterways and in the food system. The first, from a study published in Science magazine, pointed to eutrophication, or excessive nutrient enrichment in waterways. For full blog post, click here.

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wpp07Nutrient pollution: Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms and dead zones

By Donald Scavia – The Conservation – July 31, 2017 – Video
Summer is the season for harmful algae blooms in many U.S. lakes and bays. They occur when water bodies become overloaded with nitrogen and phosphorus from farms, water treatment plants and other sources. Warm water and lots of nutrients promote rapid growth of algae that can be toxic and potentially fatal to aquatic life and people. Eventually algae settle to the bottom and decay, depleting dissolved oxygen in the water, creating hypoxia – “dead zones” where oxygen levels are low enough to kill fish. For full story and to view video, click here.

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bos2Green Crabs Are Officially Delicious

By Jackson Landers – Hakai Magazine – July 26, 2017
Kick over a rock or a chunk of turf along the coast of Maine and chances are a horde of invasive green crabs will scurry out. Since their accidental introduction to the North American coast by European ships in the early 1800s, green crabs have become among the most common creatures in the region. Commercial crabbers and lobster fishermen motor past millions of them every day because the credit card-sized crabs—though perfectly edible—are too small to be worth manually shucking. A new processing technique explored in a scientific paper by researchers from the University of Maine could change that. By experimenting with a mechanical means of extracting meat from green crabs, they hope to create a market for the ecologically disruptive animals. For full article, click here.

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wpp07Taking Children on Their First Fishing Trip

By Ben Team – Outdoor Empire
Few memories last as long as those surrounding your first fishing trip ( family’s first RV trip maybe? ). You probably still remember the sights, sounds and smiles of the occasion vividly, and you probably look back on the outing fondly. Now, so many years later, it is time to introduce your children to angling. You certainly don’t have to do anything fancy to introduce children to the sport, but it helps to have a good game plan in place. After all, you may be introducing your children to a lifelong hobby, and you want to get started on the right foot. For full blog post, click here.

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bos2Five types of underwater grasses found in the Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay News – July 18, 2017
The plants that grow in the shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers, streams and creeks are a critical part of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Known as underwater grasses or submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), they improve water quality by reducing erosion, trapping loose sediment and absorbing nutrient pollution. During photosynthesis, they add the dissolved oxygen to the water underwater critters need to survive. They also serve as habitat for vulnerable young fish and crabs and provide food for migrating waterfowl. For full blog post, click here.

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wpp07Time Travel, with Trees

By Joe Dawson – Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) – Shorelines – July 10, 2017 – Video
Looking at the Kirkpatrick Marsh on the Rhode River, a time machine is not the first thing that comes to mind. Tall grasses dominate the landscape, with vertical PVC pipes popping up here and there and octagon-shaped chambers rising out of the wetland every ten paces or so. Take a step off the walkway, and you might lose a shoe. But 5 experiments on the marsh are designed to take sections of the marsh into the 22nd Century, and the marsh has been dubbed the Global Change Research Wetland, or GCReW. The expertise that GCReW scientists have in simulating the future brought National Museum of Natural History scientists here to mirror the past. For full blog post and to view video, click here.

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bos2Two Sad Ironies In Florida Passing Its ‘Anti-Science’ Law

By Marshall Shepherd – Forbes – July 1, 2017
It is officially called Florida House Bill 989, and it was signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott on June 26th, 2017 after passing both chambers of the house. According to the National Center for Science Education’s website:

With the law now in place, any county resident — not just any parent with a child in the country’s public schools, as was the case previously — can now file a complaint about instructional materials in the county’s public schools, and the school will now have to appoint a hearing officer to hear the complaint.

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